Go prepared or you might not make it back home in one piece.

Summer Comiket in Japan isn’t a simple walk in the park; it’s a pilgrimage of endurance and patience. Before even reaching the event’s venue, Tokyo Big Sight, attendees have to wait in a massive disorganized mess under a scorching sun that’s hot enough to melt plastic.

Still, that won’t stop people from trying to get their hands on exclusive comics and goods not found anywhere else. Concerned about those who place manga and anime before health, veteran attendees like @pico_admiral have started to share invaluable Comiket survival advice on Japanese Twitter.

▼ That time of the year when humans accidentally create weather.
(Translation below)

“Ever since August 2013, temperatures at Summer Comiket have surpassed 40 degrees Celcius (104 degrees Fahrenheit). This year, the Comiket Cloud will occur. I’ll say it again, the Comiket Cloud will come. Books will be warped by the humidity, which is the same situation back in Comiket 84 that caused a United States soldier to faint. Should this weather continue, please take measures to prevent heat stroke. Or you’ll die.”

The legendary Comiket Cloud is a phenomenon generated by the heat and sweat of attendees at the venue, a vicious cycle that saturates the air with moisture, forming a hazy indoor cloud.

▼ You read that right. It’s a wonderful cloud made from human sweat.

▼ Summer Comiket newcomers must come prepared.
(Translation below)

“Take salt candies, salt tablets, salty lychee drinks, rock salt, or table salt. Whatever it is, just have some salt intake. If you have sports drinks and occasionally consume salt in your diet, you should be able to avoid the worst. If possible, cool down your blood by wrapping a cooling agent around your neck using a towel. Wear a hat to avoid direct sunlight.”

A lack of salt or proper hydration can quickly lead to dizziness, nausea, or vomiting. And you wouldn’t want to get sick in a crowded place surrounded by potentially hundreds of thousands of fellow attendees.

Nevertheless, people who take proper precautions will be generously rewarded with unparalleled access to a world filled with manga, anime and cosplay of all kinds. For under that Comiket cloud is an otaku’s heaven and a once-in-a-lifetime experience for many.

Source: Twitter/@pico_admiral via My Game News Flash
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